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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

India's next steps

India is huge in all aspects. Many expect it to be the global powerhouse, before or just behind China.

But challenges are manifold as well. Many countries fight to get the rural landscape into the "modern age", but India more so. Rural is still very much synonym with poverty, agriculture, cast system and dowry. So how to move such a colloss?

"Taking India to the next level is going to be a major part of the discourse during the World BPO Forum to be held in New Delhi."

Some numbers:

"Today there are close to 3 million wireless Internet connections in a country with a population of about 1 billion people. The number of wireless connections is likely to rise to meet the demand of 199 million over the course of the next few years.The capital alone has 200,000 Internet connections at present, with a demand for about 500,000."

"There are plans to wire 150,000 higher secondary schools in the country."

"Additionally, 600,000 villages are waiting to be networked with a broadband connection. Kiosk centers are a popular plan of action," and plenty are waiting to be installed.

When all this is ready, you will hear a new big roar from India, as it diversifies away from outsourcing to higher and higher value add services.

(By Asia Business Consulting)